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Exiles want US-Cuba expansion.

The leading organization for Cuban exiles in Miami is calling on the White House to expand relations with Cuba, and funnel more public and private American money to the Cuban people, reports The NY Times (April 9, 2009):

A 14-page proposal from the Cuban American National Foundation The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to overthrowing the Cuban government of Fidel Castro and a non-violent transition to a pluralistic, market-based democracy in Cuba. , lays out what it calls "a break from the past" that would "chart a new direction for U.S.-Cuba policy." It amounts to the most significant rejection of an approach that it helped shape and limited contact with the island;

The foundation will probably face opposition from Florida's four Cuban-American Republican members of Congress--Sen. Mel Martinez
This article is about the politician. For the actress, see Melanie Martinez.


Melquíades Rafael "Mel" Martínez
 and Reps. Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart Lincoln Rafael Diaz-Balart (born August 13 1954), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Florida's At-large congressional district (map). , and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (also known as Ileana Ros; born July 15 1952) is a Republican United States Representative for Florida's At-large congressional district (map), having held that office since 1989. , who oppose engagement with Cuba unless Havana meets strict conditions. Mr. Hernandez, however, said the foundation would not be intimidated by the old guard to which it once belonged.
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Date:May 1, 2009
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